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Vinyl Vault – “NZ Music”

By Audio, Music and Vinyl
Weird Culture - Weird Custom (1986)

Weird Culture — Weird Custom: National Student Radio compilation LP (1986)

Weird Culture — Weird Custom (1986) was, as far as I know, the first record release co-ordinated by the entire New Zealand student radio network. There were twelve tracks on the album, two chosen by each of the six member stations.  Radio Active selected the two  to represent Wellington: cow-punk combo the Crawbilly Creeps with “A Day in Lucky Gulch” and feminist-folkies Putty in Her Hands gave us “NZ Music” which became an instant favorite and was oft-requested for a long time afterwards.

Putty in Her Hands were a duo consisting of Charlotte Yates and Christine Jeffs. Yates continues to write and record, continuing to release solo records and also putting together the acclaimed compilations of NZ poetry set to music, Baxter (2000),  Tuwhare (2008) and Ihimaera (2011).

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Back to the vinyl vault - Z.Z. Hill

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The first of my vinyl memories posts caused a tiny flurry of excitement so I thought I’d make it a weekly affair — as I go through the collection deciding what to keep and what to flip. (Spoiler Alert: All of it!)

Back in 1983 I was loving music — pretty much all of it — but I was going through a pretty enthusiastic Northern soul phase. Thanks to a series of Kent/Modern compilations put out by British enthusiasts I was hearing all sorts of stirring stuff. I even thought for a while I might try and collect the whole set.

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Vinyl memories

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I’ve been carting around boxes of vinyl records from flat to flat and house to house since I was a kid. Lots of my records were bought from the plentiful record stores around the East End of London where I grew up and therefore carried half way around the world when we emigrated to New Zealand in 1986.

Recently I found myself thinking that it might be time to finally flick these things on — they take up space on shelves and the turntable never gets used. I’ve become used to lying on the couch lazily choosing music from my entire collection using an iPhone as a remote control. Yup, I thought — time to de-clutter a bit. But me being me, I couldn’t just take them off to a record store or thrift shop — I had to give them one last listen first.

Big mistake. They actually sounded quite good and I found all those memories flooding back — flipping through record bins in High Street record shops, or queuing up outside before they opened to get a highly prized new release. Stuff I haven’t done for a long time.

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